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A year ago my partner and I had the vision to combine our love of photography and visual art under one brand, Wicked Dual. We believe that the world holds many stories and through this venture, we hope to share a few.
Operating as usual
Morrigan | Irish Mythology
New video coming soon to our YouTube channel, Wicked Dual. Here we will take a deep dive into the goddess of war and fate.
A link to our Morrigan themed merch will also be found in the description of our video.
Thank you again for all your support. Creating gives us a joy that is hard to describe but is much felt and appreciated. 🙏🌙🖤
The Sorceress 🖤🌙
Wicked 2: Ghost, Yankees, and a Tale as Old as Time
Patricia and I have a passion project on YouTube called Wicked 2: A Series of Terrors. You can find it under our channels name Wicked Dual. Here we share some things that are fascinating to us. Typically slightly twisted but not too dark.
We added a trailer to our latest video. You can find the video @tiffanyrankin_art bio. The stories are set in our beloved Austin, Texas.
Thanks again my friends!
Oh, btw support this channel by LIKING and SHARING! Also please leave a comment about any stories you like to hear within the strange and ghostly unusual. Thanks again!
Title: Heartbeating-Thrills | Epidemic Sound
Artist: Martin Baekkevold
Practice Practice Practice
Yes! It’s annoying to hear but it’s so true! Sometimes I’ll meet people that share the desire to draw and paint. I guess it’s this common thought that having the ability to draw or paint is a magical gift given to a few… Though that sounds wonderful and I totally wish that was true—it comes down to the commitment to your craft. You are as great of an artist that you have the desire to be.
I attended an art college where my style of art was no where to be found. I want to say foremost I love different genres of art. My frustration, however, there were no classes for people like me. Those that lean more to the traditional. Well, if you include one class I had where my professor was anti-traditional art but was teaching a class as such. That he was so annoyed by the curriculum he was teaching he subsequently quit mid class.
That’s a story for another time 😂. Anyway, I digress. I had such a love of wanting to craft my work in the style I loved I took to educating myself. Anatomy books—I have so many! Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon-Gérôme are my main staples for drawing. I also consume hours of skillshare and various others sites to push myself and challenge myself. I have a long way to go. I’m a work in progress. I get frustrated. I throw the pencils, crumble the paper, and swear that this is the last time I will try. But I do and after fail, after fail, after fail. It is that moment something clicks and you are better. As basic as it sounds, it does make it all worth it.
My long rant is simply trying to say if you want to be an artist—be an artist. It’s as simple as the act of doing. Perfection is never achieved, but realizing a dream stems from the primal desires first discovered in our childhood memories.
Take care my friends and create something 🌈
1. Goblin Queen 2017
2. The Sorceress (wip) 2022
Witch, Siren, Lover
The Banshee was usually thought to have once been a normal woman who enjoyed life, was incredibly beautiful, and radiated happiness, but some great sorrow overcame her at some point in her life and she became a haggard old woman. She was seemingly very wary of mortals and would disappear at the first sign of any human activity. She didn’t seem to enjoy the company of anyone, mortal or not, and traveled as a solitary fairy.
When the Banshee moved from place to place, witnesses have heard a fluttering sound similar to birds flying. When she disappeared, all that would be left behind was a cloud of mist. There are several purported ‘Banshee Chairs’ around Ireland; wedge-shaped rocks where she would sit and cry for general misfortunes if there was no death to be attended to that is! When a family emigrated, legend has it the Banshee would follow, or if she didn’t, she would stay at the family’s seat and lament their leaving there. The Banshee was relatively harmless. Apart from the dread people felt at hearing her cry, the only other things she seemed to do were knock on doors or windows. This pales to her sister spirit, the Lianhan Sidhe or ‘sweetheart fairy’, who sought the love of mortal men, but in the end, destroyed them by driving them into madness.
Ink on Canson watercolor paper, 140lb. 9 x 12in.
“CLEOPATRA TO THE ASP”
The bright mirror I braved: the devil in it
Loved me like my soul, my soul:
Now that I seek myself in a serpent
My smile is fatal.
Nile moves in me; my thighs splay
Into the squalled Mediterranean;
My brain hides in that Abyssinia
Lost armies foundered towards.
Desert and river unwrinkle again.
Seeming to bring them the waters that make drunk
Caesar, Pompey, Antony I drank.
Now let the snake reign.
A half-deity out of Capricorn,
This rigid Augustus mounts
With his sword virginal indeed; and has shorn
Summarily the moon-horned river
From my bed. May the moon
Ruin him with virginity! Drink me, now, whole
With coiled Egypt's past; then from my delta
Swim like a fish toward Rome.”
~Ted Hughes, Lupercal
A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong. - CJ Lewis
🖤 Take it easy my friends! 🌈
“Muse” acrylic ink on paper. 9 x 12in.
Great find this morning🖤 reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock. If he came back as a bird🌑 The Birds😱
"We are only atoms trailing the carved skull wrapped inside a sunbeam."
"We are only atoms trailing the carved skull wrapped inside a sunbeam."
I wanted to show part of my own black history…
Here’s a throwback of a pick of my mom in high school. I believe she’s around 16 here.
I’m always saying how strong of a resemblance my mom and I have. I’m pretty sure I’ve proved my case… 😂
Anyway, you beautiful people have a magical and gorgeous day 🌈🖤
Queen Titania, mixed media on birch wood, 24 x 36in. (Wip)
“Do not fear us, earthly maid!
We will lead you hand in hand
By the willows in the glade,
By the gorse on the high land,
By the pasture where the lambs
Shall awake with lonely bleat,
Shivering closer to their dams
From the rustling of our feet.
You will with the banshee chat,
And will find her good at heart,
Sitting on a warm smooth mat
In the green hill's inmost part.
We will bring a crown of gold
Bending humbly every knee,
Now thy great white doll to hold --
Oh, so happy would we be!
Ah it is so very big,
And we are so very small!
So we dance a fairy jig
To the fiddle's rise and fall.
Yonder see the fairy girls
All their jealousy display,
Lift their chins and toss their curls,
Lift their chins and turn away.
See you, brother, Cranberry Fruit --
He! ho! ho! the merry blade! --
Hugs and pets and pats yon newt,
Teasing every wilful maid…”
A Lover's Quarrel among the Fairies by William Butler Yeats
We finally have everything set up for tonight. If you’re in the neighborhood stop by booth 12 at the Buzz Mill coffee shop 🌙!
We finally set up for the night! Can’t wait to see y’all out here! Look for booth 12! 🌙
Today is our first market day of the year! The weather is cold, but my heart is warm. To be able to do what I love beside my partner (in all things) and my best friend is a dream realized. 😊
If you so happen my friends to cross our paths tonight at Buzz Mill—feel free to say hello 👋. I promise we don’t bite…well, at least I don’t!😂
📍INFO | AUSTIN WITCHES MARKET
Date: Saturday, January 22nd
Location: Buzz Mill - 1505 Town Creek Dr.
My new work🖤 I’m getting ready for our first pop-up this Saturday night from 7-11pm @ Austin Witches Market🌑
Something new 🧡🖤🧡🖤
"Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever."
Richelle E. Goodrich
We're just a couple of candy canes: sweet, and slightly twisted.
Happy Christmas Eve!
"If you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are merely like mice trying to argue with owls. You think their ways are wrong. They think you are dinner."
- Terry Goodkind.
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